Hispanic Society Museum & Library to Open Goya Research Center

 

 

 

Goya, Old Man on a Swing, Bordeaux Album II (1824-28). Image courtesy The Hispanic Society of America

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library (HSM&L) – the first and primary US institution dedicated to the preservation, study, understanding, exhibition and enjoyment of art and cultures of Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries and communities – is pleased to announce the launch of a Goya Research Center Project, focused on preserving, promoting and fostering research into the work of iconic Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Seed funding has been completed for the Research Center, which will be physically located alongside the Library’s Reading Room within the museum, and led by Guillaume Kientz, Director & CEO and Goya expert, with the assistance of Dr. Patrick Lenaghan, Head Curator of Prints & Photographs. This project is in anticipation of the 200th anniversary of the artist’s death in 2028.

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GrowHouse NYC Creates Black History Heritage Corridor Around Flatbush African Burial Ground

 

 

 

Image credit: GrowHouse Community Design

GrowHouse NYC is proud to announce the installation of cultural signs along Flatbush Avenue, marking the beginning of Black History + Heritage Corridors in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. This transformative project celebrates the rich cultural connections and historical legacy of people of African descent in Brooklyn, aiming to uplift a community long marginalized, discriminated against, and disenfranchised by the very city they call home. This project is in advance of our approach to the 400th anniversary of New Amsterdam’s founding in 1625.

On Saturday, July 20th, 2024 from 4 to 6 pm, we’ll unveil the first signs adjacent to the Flatbush African Burial Ground. 

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As Part of Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning, Van Alen Institute Unveils Public Art Project: With Your Voice

 

 

 

‘With Your Voice’, Juanli Carrión and Rodolfo Kusulas, Gowanus, Brooklyn, July 11-August 9, 2024. Photos: Cameron Blaylock

Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce With Your Voice, a new participatory public artwork by Juanli Carrión and Rodolfo Kusulas, on view through August 9, 2024. Located at 10 indoor and outdoor locations in Gowanus, this community engagement tool informs New Yorkers about the 56 Points of Agreement , a set of major capital and programmatic commitments made by the City of New York as part of the Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning, backed by a $250 million investment by the City. The installation brings these agreements directly to Gowanus residents through 10 site-specific “Voicers” — colorful, megaphone-shaped viewfinders — and a VR headset located at Van Alen Institute.

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From Artists in New York, With Love, to Milwaukee, ‘Vote for Democracy’ Billboards on View During the RNC

 

 

 

‘Ready to Use’ by Airco Caravan. Image courtesy of the artist.

New Yorkers have a lot to say ~ politically speaking. That sentiment has been on full view by local artists around town during each and every campaign. This year, Save Art Space collaborated with artist/activist Michele Pred to put some of these creative messages on billboards all around Milwaukee during the Republican National Convention. Read about the five artists, and view their billboards.

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Get Ready for The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in August, 2024!

 

 

 

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, 2017

One of our favorite annual events, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, will take place from August 23rd to August 25th. This is the 31st year for the three-day festival, which takes place in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem and Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. It’s a time when New Yorkers assemble to honor ‘The Bird’ with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world.

Let’s take a look at who will be performing.

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Trader Joe’s Harlem Invites Creative Art Works to Bring Some ‘Harlem Heat’ to The 125th Street Store

 

 

 

Trader Joe’s Panorama, Harlem Heat, by CAW Youth Apprentices. Photo credit © 2023 Creative Art Works

Later this summer, Harlem will welcome its first Trader Joe’s, to be located at 121 West 125th Street. In anticipation of its opening, the Manager for Trader Joe’s, Tracey-Ann Reeves, walked the neighborhood, looking for inspiration for their new Harlem store. She found it everywhere, but in particular, in the colorful and thoughtful murals painted by students at Creative Art Works on the Plaza at The State Office Building. A partnership was formed, and work began with CAW Youth Apprentices as part of a Public Art Youth Employment program.

While we wait for Trader Joe’s to open, let’s take a look at the mural ~ Harlem Heat. This is the first store mural created for Trader Joe’s by an entity outside the organization.

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Artist Xin Song Strings Magical, Illuminated Lanterns Above Garment District with Installation ‘New Start, New Hope’

 

 

 

Artist Xin Song. Installation photo credit Alexandre Ayer / Courtesy of @DiversityPics for the Garment District Alliance.”

A series of ornate, illuminated lanterns are sparkling above the Garment District as part of the Garment District Alliance’s (GDA) latest public art installation, New Start, New Hope. Created by local artist Xin Song, the installation brings light – both literally and figuratively – to the Broadway plazas in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.

Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 36th and 39th Streets, the free installation will be available to the public through January 2025. In addition to enhancing the overall pedestrian experience, New Start, New Hope invites city-goers to pause and revel in a moment of tranquil reflection amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds them.

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‘Conduit’ ~ Portraits by Doug Safranek at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum as Part of The World Mother Storytelling Project

 

 

 

 

‘Conduit’ Opening Reception at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum. Photo credit: Yana Lande

The World Mother Storytelling Project installs a multi-sensory art exhibit at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 155th Street), this summer. The World Mother Storytelling Project is an arts and community enterprise that uses mother stories to teach, heal and empower.

Opening on Wednesday June 5, and running through August 18, “Conduit” features stories by community members about their mothers, and a portrait gallery of 30 Sugar Hill locals by Doug Safranek, in the luminous medium of egg tempera.

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‘Growing Sideways: Performing Childhood’ on View at Wallach Art Gallery

 

 

 

Tala Madani, Situation Room, 2020. (featured in Growing Sideways) Oil on linen,. 16 × 23 in. (40.6 x 58.4 cm). Image Credit: @ Tala Madani.Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York. Photo: Elon Schoenholz

Growing Sideways: Performing Childhood explores how artists have turned to and repurposed aspects of childhood to counter inherited belief systems, identities, and cultural memories in the public sphere.

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Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Announces Summer Exhibitions

 

 

 

Eileen Burgess, Nathans at Night. Image courtesy of the artist in the exhibition ‘The Art of Coney Island 3’

The summer season heats up at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) starting Saturday, July 13 with a pair of new shows: The Art of Coney Island 3, and In the Neighborhood.

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Model Sailboat Racing is Back at Conservatory Water in Central Park

 

 

 

Conservatory Water in Central Park

Conservatory Water Sailboat Racing is a unique way for urbanites, young and old, to enjoy the sport without leaving the mainland. This picturesque spot in Central Park, originally intended to be a small pool for a glass house and a formal, ornamental flower garden, morphed into a miniature yachting experience after its original intent proved to be too costly to keep up.

Founded in 1916, the Central Park Model Yacht Club is one of the oldest model yacht clubs in the country, with a rich history that continues today.

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The ADAA’s 2024 Chelsea Gallery Walk to be Held on July 17th

 

 

 

Installation view of the whimsical & wonderful OSGEMEOS in their new exhibition, Cultivating Dreams, at Lehmann Maupin

The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) will hold its sixth annual Chelsea Gallery Walk on Wednesday, July 17th from 6:00 ~ 8:00pm. This is a free event that includes artist talks, film screenings, and both curator-led or self-guided tours. And while you’re there, step into the City Opera Thrift Shop (yes, in support of City Opera), which will also be open to 8pm (more below).

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibitions in NYC ~ July 2024

 

 

 

Bruno Lucchesi, Foundry Bronze Pouring, 2022, Bronze, Courtesy of the artist, 10 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. 191st Annual Academy Stye ~ The National Academy of Design in its new gallery in Chelsea

New Yorkers will kick-off July in celebration of our Country’s independence, along with annual events like the West Side Fest and the return of the weed-eating, Riverside Park goats. We will enjoy a Poster House Block Party, NYC DOT Summer Streets, and on Madison Avenue, a festive Bastille Day celebration, topped off with concerts in our parks. National Academy of Design opened its doors to its new gallery in Chelsea with the members exhibition, 191st Annual: Academy Style. Here are a few suggestions for the month of July.

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The National Academy of Design’s ‘191st Annual: Academy Style’ on View in New Chelsea Gallery

 

 

 

Don Porcaro, Collective 3, 2023, Limestone and marble, courtesy of the artist and Westwood Gallery, NYC. 34 x 16 x 14 inches; on the wall, the beautiful work of Jimmy Wright, Large Sunflower Grid No. 1, 2023, Graphite and water color, courtesy of the artist, FIERMAN, NY and Corbett v Dempsey, Chicago. 52 x 47 inches.

We were delighted to visit The National Academy of Design in its new home in Chelsea for its annual exhibition ~ 191st Annual: Academy Style ~ an exhibition featuring work by 117 National Academicians, which will be on view through September 14, 2024.

In addition, special events will take place on July 15th with Randy Cohen in conversation with architect Claire Weisz. Read the schedule of speaking events below.

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The Whimsical & Wonderful OSGEMEOS Exhibits ‘Cultivating Dreams’ at Lehmann Maupin

 

 

 

OSGEMEOS: Cultivado os Sonhos (Cultivating Dreams), 2023, Mixed media on MDF Board, 80.31 x 64.57 x 4.33 inches/204 x 164 x 11 cm. Image courtesy Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present Cultivating Dreams, the gallery’s sixth solo exhibition with OSGEMEOS, the renowned Brazilian artistic duo of twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo. Featuring 13 new paintings and a site-specific immersive installation, the exhibition invites us into the vast and magical landscape of Tritrez, a dreamworld invented by the artists and developed in their work over the past three decades. The intricate patterns and vibrant colors employed in the works in Cultivating Dreams invoke a multisensory joy that is characteristic of OSGEMEOS’ expansive oeuvre. The exhibition precedes the artists’ first US museum survey exhibition OSGEMEOS: Endless Story, on view at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden from September 29, 2024 to August 3, 2025 which is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, published by Rizzoli.

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NYC DOT Announces Summer Streets 2024 Extended from 7am ~ 3pm!

 

 

 

image courtesy NYC DOT ~ Summer Streets 2023

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today kicked off the city’s “a celebration of New York City’s unrivaled summer offerings at a time when crime is down, jobs are up, and the city is more livable than when the Adams administration came into office. The Adams administration launched the starting with an event hosted by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez to announce the city’s largest-ever Summer Streets program with expanded operating hours in all five boroughs for the first time since the program’s launch in 2008. This year, nearly 20 miles of Summer Streets corridors will be open to pedestrians and cyclists for eight hours (from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM) — a 33 percent expansion from previous years. The extended time represents the Adams administration’s continued commitment to the beloved summer program, building on the 2023 expansion that, for the first time, brought Summer Streets to all five boroughs after operating exclusively in Manhattan.

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They’ll Be Baaaaa….ck! Riverside Park’s Weed-Eating Goats Returning July 12th!

 

 

 

 

Running with the Goats will take place on July 14, 2021. Image via Green Goats Farm

Riverside Park Conservancy will welcome back its famous herd of landscaper goats with a Goatham festival and ribbon-chewing on Friday, July 12. Joining the Conservancy for their fifth summer, the hard-working goats are being given a new job site assignment in Riverside Park at West 143rd Street where they’ll munch on poison ivy and other invasive plants. Undaunted by steep slopes, goats can navigate terrain that presents a major challenge for human gardeners, clearing the way for more ecologically beneficial plantings in the future. 

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How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer at Film Forum Opening June 28th

 

 

 

Norman Mailer. Image via Film Forum.

How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer will open at Film Forum on Friday, June 28th. Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, the film is 102 minutes in length.

There will be a Q&A with Filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist, Susan Mailer, and Writer/Producer Vicki Marquette on June 28th at 7:30pm, c0-presented by Dissent Magazine.

On Saturday, June 29th at 5:30pm, there will be a Q&A with Filmmaker Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Mailer, and Mailer Biographer Michael Lennon. This is co-presented by LitHub.

On Sunday, June 30th, at 2:50pm, How to Come Alive with Norman Mailer will be introduced by John Buffalo Mailer and Barbara Mailer Wasserman.

Showtimes and Tickets Here

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Koichiro Takagi | Brian Chen: Weaving Wonders on View at GR Gallery

 

 

 

Brian Chen. Image courtesy of the artist and GR gallery

GR gallery has opened its doors to “Weaving Wonders,” a cutting-edge duo exhibition featuring artists Brian Chen and Koichiro Takagi, showing together and at the gallery for the first time. The exhibition’s title reflects the specific technique—embroidery—that both artists use in their creative processes, as well as their ability to generate an irreverent impact through their work.

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Jean-Pierre Villafañe, Playtime on View at Charles Moffett in TriBeCa

 

 

 

Jean-Pierre Villafañe, Playtime, 2024, Oil on linen, 60 x 72 inches (152.4 x 182.9 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and Charles Moffett Gallery

Charles Moffett has opened its doors to Playtime, Puerto Rican-born, New York-based artist Jean-Pierre Villafañe’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition comprises a new body of work, including oil paintings on linen, works on paper, and an architectural diorama, all of which Villafañe created during the esteemed Silver Art Projects residency that provides artists free studio space on the 28th floor of 4 World Trade Center. Ever the keen observer of his environment, Villafañe uses this insight into the Manhattan office to paint a narrative of the intricate dance between concealed individual desires and well-rehearsed corporate responsibility. Throughout this exhibition, Villafañe explores themes of power and illusion, fantasy and deviance, submission and irreverence, and sexuality and desire — all played out in an imagined yet eerily familiar “stage set” of the corporate office and performed by a troupe of traditional, white-collar workers.

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Join The Whitney in Celebrating Edward Hopper’s Birthday with a Round-Trip Bike Ride Between Meatpacking & Nyack!

 

 

 

Image credits: Edward Hopper, Cyclist, 1895-99. Graphite pencil on paper, 5 × 8 in. (12.7 × 20.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.1563.64. © 2023 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Museum is partnering with Transportation Alternatives and The Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center to present the second annual Whitney Hopper Ride

The Whitney Museum of American Art is teaming up with the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center and Transportation Alternatives to celebrate the birthday of iconic artist and avid cyclist Edward Hopper with the second annual Whitney Hopper Ride.

This approximately 60-mile round trip bike ride from Manhattan’s Meatpacking District to Hopper’s birthplace of Nyack, New York, and back will take place July 20, 2024, close to what would have been Edward Hopper’s 142nd birthday on July 22.

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Get Ready for The 2024 NYC Poetry Festival, July 13-14 on Governors Island

 

 

 

From our archives, The Poetry Society of New York ~ The Typewriter Project in Tompkins Square Park, 2015

The 13th annual New York City Poetry Festival will take place, rain or shine, on July 13th and July 14th from 11:00am to 6:00pm in Nolan Park, Governors Island. This years headliners will include Kazim Ali, Katie Farris, Safia Elhillo, and Ilya Kaminsky. The Event is Free, or visitors to the Festival can opt for a VIP ticket option.

The Festival draws over 15,000 attendees each year, and is designed for audiences of all ages.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation to Consider a Landmark Designation for the Historic 50 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village

 

 

 

13th Street Repretory Company

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission today took the first official step toward landmark designation of 50 West 13th Street, an endangered 1846 Greenwich Village house that Village Preservation has been fighting to save through landmark designation since 2020. The building has been scheduled for a “calendaring” vote on June 18, which if approved would mean a public hearing and vote on landmark designation must take place within a year. Nearly all such scheduled calendaring votes are approved, and nearly all calendared properties are approved for landmarking, thus meaning this announcement will almost certainly lead to landmark designation The calendaring would put in place some initial safeguards to protect the building, while landmark designation would protect it in perpetuity.

Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman said, “It’s wonderful to know that this fragile, neglected building with such a proud and rich history may finally be protected and preserved. After a nearly four-year effort, the city has at last taken the first initial steps toward protecting this historic site, so strongly connected to our city’s and country’s often-forgotten Black history, civil rights history, the women’s suffrage movement, and of course our theater and cultural history. At 180 years old, No. 50 West 13th Street is the very definition of a landmark, and we’re heartened that it’s now being recognized and may well receive the permanent protections it needs and deserves.”

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‘Printer Savant: Lumiere Press and the Art of the Photo Book’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery

 

 

 

Image courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

An exhibition exploring the relationship between master book maker, Michael Torosian of Lumiere Press and gallerist Howard Greenberg will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from June 20 through August 16, 2024. Printer Savant: Lumiere Press and the Art of the Photo Book celebrates the decades long collaboration of Howard Greenberg Gallery and Lumiere Press. The exhibition will present a selection of fine art books by the Press alongside works by Bruce Davidson, Dave Heath, Consuelo Kanaga, William Klein, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, Flip Schulke, W. Eugene Smith, and Edward Steichen, who were featured in books by Lumiere Press. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from June 20 ~ August 16, 2024. Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, 8th Floor, NYC.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Host “P.S. Art” Exhibition, Recognizing the Arts & Creativity of NYC Public School Students

 

 

 

Image: Kai Barrett (Grade 11), A Hobby for What (detail), 2024. Acrylic on canvas. Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, Brooklyn. Art teacher: Diane Aytche

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host its annual exhibition of P.S. Art 2024: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids, a juried exhibition of artwork by prekindergarten through grade 12 students from New York City public schools across all five boroughs. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the exhibition and the 17th P.S Art exhibition hosted by the Museum. The exhibition will be on view from June 18 through October 20, 2024, at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. There will be an opening ceremony for students, parents, and teachers at 5 pm, with remarks at 5:30 pm, on Tuesday, June 18, during the city’s Museum Mile Festival.

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Whitney Museum Presents Groundbreaking Eco Art Project with a Live Citrus Grove ~ The Harrisons, Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard

 

 

 

The Harrisons, Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard, 1972–73 (installation view, Art Gallery at California State University, Fullerton). Citrus trees, soil, wood, and lights, dimensions variable. Courtesy California State University Fullerton Archives & Special Collections

Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on June 29, 2024, explores alternative, sustainable food systems in an imagined future where natural farming practices are obsolete. Artists Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, often referred to as “the Harrisons,” conceived and designed the project in 1972, a period when environmentalist movements in the United States were taking shape. Inspired by the growing social awareness of vulnerable ecosystems, the Harrisons developed “Survival Pieces,” proposals for installation projects that served as works of art and calls to action. The instruction drawing for Portable Orchard, which is in the Whitney’s permanent collection, details the build plans for the self-sustaining indoor garden and offers tips on tree care as well as creative recipes for celebrating the grove’s yield. This installation marks the first standalone museum presentation of the fully realized grove of eighteen citrus trees in over fifty years.

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Madison Square Park Conservancy Celebrates 20th Anniversary

 

 

 

Teresita Fernández’: Fata Morgana, 2015/2016 in Madison Square Park

Throughout 2024, Madison Square Park Conservancy celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its distinguished public art program with a singular slate of commissions and initiatives that reflect on the program’s history and impact while ushering in the next generation of artists to create transformative work for the park. To commemorate the occasion, the Conservancy has commissioned new works by four visionary artists representing a spectrum of creative practices, including major sculptural projects by Nicole Eisenman and Rose B. Simpson, a vibrant tulle-based installation by Ana María Hernando, and a dynamic processional performance by María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Simpson’s and Campos-Pons’ projects will extend beyond Madison Square Park into Inwood Hill Park and Harlem Art Park, respectively, marking the Conservancy’s first collaboration with other public parks throughout the city and expanding the program’s reach into new spaces and communities.

In conjunction with the program’s anniversary year, the Conservancy is also producing its first retrospective publication, documenting two decades of public art in the park; releasing a short documentary chronicling the history of the program; and showcasing alumni artists through audio interviews and a public art symposium.

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Pacita Abad: Underwater Wilderness to Open at Tina Kim Gallery

 

 

 

The Far Side of Apo Island, 1989. Oil, acrylic, gold thread, plastic buttons, lace, sequins on stitched and padded canvas.
Image courtesy of Pacita Abad Art Estate. Photo: Hyunjung Rhee.

Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present “Underwater Wilderness,” the gallery’s second solo show dedicated to the late Filipina-American artist Pacita Abad. Featuring eight monumental trapuntos, a form of textile-painting that Pacita pioneered, this exhibition offers a focused selection of significant work created between 1985 and 1989 from a small series inspired by the artist’s fantastical experiences scuba diving in the Philippines. The whimsical paintings originally debuted as an immersive installation in 1986 at the Ayala Museum in Manila, and will be reunited in New York for the first time since their 1987 display at the Philippine Center. On view at the gallery from June 27th to August 16th, this stirring presentation runs concurrently with Pacita’s major retrospective at MoMA PS1, which closes on September 2nd before traveling to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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‘Loft Law: Photographs by Joshua Charow’ Highlights the Fabulous NYC Artist Lofts Still in Use at Westwood Gallery NYC

 

 

 

Loft Law at Westwood Gallery

Just the other day, we were thinking back and wondering how many of the artist live/work lofts from the 1960s and 1970s were still in existence. And then Joshua Charow’s new exhibition at Westwood Gallery fell right into our laps. I think I’ll get the book.

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presents Loft Law: Photographs by Joshua Charow, the first solo exhibition for New York-based documentary photographer and filmmaker Joshua Charow (b. 1998), curated by James Cavello. This is Charow’s premiere exhibition of his photographs and short documentary films on New York artists. The exhibition includes forty photographs by Charow and eighteen works of art by eleven of the artists featured in the photographs: Carmen Cicero, Loretta Dunkelman, Betsy Kaufman, Kimiko Fujimura, Joseph Marioni, Carolyn Oberst, Marsha Pels, Gilda Pervin, Steve Silver, Mike Sullivan, and Jeff Way. The exhibition will be on view May 16 through July 13, 2024.

Stay tuned for information regarding an artist talk on July 10th.

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‘Della Wells: Mambo Land’ on View at Andrew Edlin Gallery

 

 

 

Della Wells: Mambo Land on view at Andrew Edlin Gallery

It was in 2019 at the Outsider Art Fair,  that we were introduced to the work of Della Wells, and her equally talented friend, Rosemary Ollison.  Since that time, we have followed both artists on social media, hoping one or both would return to New York. Today we were fortunate enough to catch Della Wells: Mambo Land. This is the second solo exhibition for Della Wells (b. 1951) at Andrew Edlin Gallery in the Bowery.

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The 2024 East Harlem Open Studios set for June 22-23

 

 

 

Courtesy East Harlem Open Studios

The second annual East Harlem Open Studios will be held on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 from 1:00 ~ 6:00pm. This self-guided tour will take you from the artist live/work space, El Barrio’s Artspace on East 99th Street to the studio of artist Airco Caravan on 119th Street. This is an chance to meet the artists, see their studios, and explore East Harlem.

It is also the last weekend for the popular La Marqueta eatery, Amuse Busch Bistro, which will be open on Saturday, June 22nd, closing at days end on Sunday, June 23rd.

The extraordinary bakery, Pabade, will also be open during East Harlem Open Studios ~ a work of art in their own right, Pabade is a sponsor of this event, located at 135 East 110th Street, just West of Lexington Avenue.

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Colorful & Whimsical Exhibition ‘Eleen Lin: Shining Seas’ at C24 Gallery in Chelsea

 

 

 

Eleen Lin, Rock and roll, 2001, Oil and Acrylic on canvas. 28″ x 36″. Image courtesy of the artist and C24 Gallery

C24 Gallery opened its doors to ‘Shining Seas‘, the first solo exhibition by New York City-based artist, Eleen Lin. This collection of oil paintings, watercolors and drawings are all part of Lin’s continuing series, Mythopoeia, inspired by the classic novel by Herman Melville, Moby Dick, selections from which were featured in her 2022 show with Tammie Rubin, Mythodical.

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Gillie & Marc Invite You to Take a Seat at ‘The Wild Couch Party’ on Fosun Plaza in NYC!

 

 

 

Gillie and Marc ‘The Wild Couch Party at Fosun Plaza,, NYC. Image courtesy Gillie and Marc.

One of the most intimate experiences we share as humans is also the simplest, sitting down on the couch together and sharing time over coffee and cake. It’s a time where we can nourish, support, and enjoy time with each other, a time that is cherished by many families all around the world.

But not everyone gets to share this same level of love and support. The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction and the reasons can always be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet.

This public sculpture experience is an invitation to join the best party in the world. Expertly crafted in bronze, the couch is ready and the animals are already partying, all that is left is for the public to take their seats.

Take a seat at ‘The Wild Couch Party’ unveiled by Gillie and Marc on Fosun Plaza on June 9th!

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Public Art Fund Debuts ‘Cannupa Hanska Luger: Attrition’ in City Hall Park

 

 

 

Installation View, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Attrition at City Hall Park. Image courtesy of the artist and Public Art Fund

On June 5, World Environment Day, Public Art Fund will debut Attrition, a site-specific sculptural installation by interdisciplinary artist Cannupa Hanska Luger. Situated in City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan, Luger’s 10-foot-long steel bison skeleton will lie within a bed of grasses native to this region, highlighting the profound interdependence between animals, humans, and the land. Placed on the pathway to City Hall, Attrition symbolically engages with New York City’s heart of policy-making, bringing to light the history of the bison’s survival. Unveiling celebration on June 4th at 6-8pm.

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‘Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Company’ at The Met

 

 

 

Installation view, Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. Photos by Eileen Travel, Courtesy of The Met

Edward C. Moore (1827–1891)—the creative force who led Tiffany & Co. to unparalleled originality and success during the second half of the 19th century—amassed a vast collection of decorative arts of exceptional quality and in various media, from Greek and Roman glass and Japanese baskets to metalwork from the Islamic world. The objects were a source of inspiration for Moore, a noted silversmith in his own right, as well as the designers he supervised. The exhibition Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co. (opening June 9, 2024) will feature more than 180 extraordinary examples from Moore’s personal collection, which he bequeathed to The Met, alongside 70 magnificent silver objects designed at Tiffany & Co. under his direction. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s holdings, the display will also include seldom-seen examples from a dozen private and public lenders. A defining figure in the history of American silver, Moore played a pivotal role in shaping the legendary Tiffany design aesthetic and the evolution of The Met’s collection.

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Art Lives Here, Inc. Presents ‘Layers of Identity’ at El Barrio Artspace

 

 

 

Installation viewfor the exhibition ‘Layers of Identity, artist Hollie Heller,’ at El Barrio Artspace presented by Art Lives Here, Inc.

Layers of Identity celebrates the idea that human beings are layered, the complexity of our personalities, and individual histories is what makes us interesting. The exhibition explores the layers of societal structures and personal experiences that form how we see ourselves. Where we are from and where we have been often influences how we express ideas, as it does with all three well-travelled artists. Pauline Galiana, Hollie Heller and Joanne Steinhardt create in layers of materials, although informed by traditional techniques the contemporary aesthetic is unexpected. The viewer is likely to be unsure of what they are looking at. Is it a tapestry or is it a collage? Is it a woven textile or a paper assemblage? Is it fashion or adaptive reuse?

Closing Reception, July 12th from 5:00 to 8:00pm with special performance by Matthew Westerby Dance Company at 6:15pm.

Installation view for Layers of Identity at El Barrio Artspace, artist Hollie Heller, presented by Art Lives Here, Inc. ~ Notice Connie Lee in shadow behind the installation.

El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 is an example of how old buildings can be restored and adaptively reused in New York City. The lower-level gallery incorporates original details, skylights, brick, and stone into a contemporary exhibition space alongside a theater, and rehearsal space. Art Lives Here is thrilled to be taking up temporary residence here.  

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Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the June 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

 

 

 

Max Cartagena, Blue Bikes, 2021; Digital photography manipulation 11.5 x 15.75 inches. Image courtesy of the artist ~ At Salmagundi Club, June 2-8.

Pride Month kicks-off a sizzling summer of fun, from an art & craft market at Westbeth, and music festival in Washington Square Park, to the Tribeca Festival and River to River Festival. Public Art Fund will unveil Cannula Hanska Luger: Attrition in City Hall Park, and Fotografiska New York will open its doors to ‘Vivian Maier’ as its final exhibition in that historic location. New Yorkers will hit the streets for annual favorites like the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival ~ the Museum Mile Festival ~ and Juneteenth! Here are a few suggestions for the month of June.

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‘Tender Comes After Swimming’ to be Inaugural Exhibition at Little Lightning Gallery in Williamsburg

 

 

 

 

Shinsuke Aso, ‘Result of Fully Enjoying Make Something’ 2023/Collage, acrylic on paper/11 x 14 ” Orientations variable. Image courtesy of the artist and little lightning gallery.

Little lightning gallery is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition “Tender comes after swimming,” a group show of four artists based in New York, curated by Hiroshi Shafer. Opening June 14th.

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Two Spirit: Authentic Selves/Authentic Souls, a Photography Show on View at La Sala de Pepe y Foto Espacio

 

 

 

Chunta getting ready for festival parade, Chiapas de Corzo, Mexico. Photo by Luis Aguilar

In celebration of Pride Month, La Sala de Pepe y Foto Espacio will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Two Spirit: Authentic Selves/Authentic Souls’. The exhibition will be on view from June 1 to July 15, 2024.

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Governor Hochul Announced 19 Transformational Project for East Harlem, Garment District & Far Rockaway

 

 

 

Transform East 116th Street and 125th Street into Green Corridors

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a total of 19 transformational projects in New York City as part of two economic development programs: the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward. Ten projects were announced for East Harlem, the Round 6 winner of a $10 million DRI award; four projects were announced for the Garment District, a Round 1 winner of a $4.5 million NY Forward award; and five projects were announced for Far Rockaway, also a Round 1 winner of a $4.5 million NY Forward award.

“New York City is the greatest city in the world and these funds will help to create more livable and vibrant communities,” Governor Hochul said. “Restoring and preserving history is a key part of maintaining what makes New York special, and we are providing the resources to ensure New Yorkers can enjoy these spaces for decades to come.”

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‘Craft Front and Center: Conversation Pieces’ at The Museum of Arts and Design

 

 

 

Craft Front & Center, Installation view of Craft Front & Center at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (February 4, 2023 to January 14, 2024). Photo by Jenna Bascom; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design.

Opening June 1, Craft Front & Center: Conversation Pieces explores craft’s collaborative approach to learning and working by placing pioneering twentieth-century craft artists into dialogue with twenty-first century artists who are rethinking craft techniques and materials. Showcasing MAD’s permanent collection, the exhibition brings together more than sixty historic, recently acquired, and commissioned works in a range of artistic media; most prominently, the central craft materials of ceramic, glass, and fiber.

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CCCADI Presents ‘CROSSROADS’ during Caribbean Heritage Month in June

 

 

 

Yelimara concepcion, Program Associate for CROSSROADS, speaking on a panel in Puerto Rico at the Grantmakers for the Arts Conference. Image courtesy CCCADI

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute announces the public phase of its area of work dedicated to artists and cultural workers in the Caribbean, CROSSROADS.

On June 1, 2024, in alignment with Caribbean Heritage Month, CCCADI will announce the public phase of its program, CROSSROADS, which is based out of Puerto Rico and dedicated to supporting and empowering artists and cultural workers in the Caribbean.

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NYC Celebrates Juneteenth 2024

 

 

 

From our archives, Africa Day Parade, Harlem

Juneteenth, now a Federal Holiday, is celebrated annually on June 19th ~ with a plethora of events and activities leading up to the Holiday. It is a day to reflect on the ending of slavery, when on June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at the end of the American Civil War.

It should also be mentioned that it was President Joe Biden who signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in 2021, thus making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. With too many events and activities to mention, here are just a few ways to celebrate the day.

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NYC Celebrates Pride Month 2024

 

 

 

From our archives, Harlem Pride at Casa Frela Gallery, 2010

NYC Pride will mark the 40th anniversary of Heritage of Pride, and the 55th anniversary of The Stonewall Uprising this year. With the theme, ‘Reflect. Empower. Unite’, the month of June is filled with events and activities from museums, galleries, and parks to the end of the month and the much anticipated opening of the LGBTQ+ Visitor Center and the historic Pride Parade.

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The 2024 Museum Mile Festival ~ June 18th

 

 

 

From our archives, Museum Mile Festival in front of the Jewish Museum

The 2024 Museum Mile Festival will take place on Tuesday, June 18th (Rain or Shine) from 6:00 to 9:00pm. It’s one of NYC’s best block parties, with Fifth Avenue closed to traffic between 82nd Street and 110th Street. This is a Free Event, with a lot to see and do all along the way, from street musicians, and food vendors, to dancing, body painting AND the opening of the exhibition P.S. Art 2024 at The Met.

Take a look at the participating Museums and what is currently on view.

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Niki de Saint Phalle. Tableaux Éclatés on View at Salon 94

 

 

 

Niki de Saint Phalle, Ganesh II, 1992, Paint, synthetic resin, wood, metal, plastic, electric motors and electronic components on wood. 51 1/5 x 35 2/5 inches (130 x 89.9 cm) (NdSP 230). Image courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. © Niki de Saint Phalle. Photo: Matthew Praley.

Salon 94 opened its doors to the second solo exhibition of French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, featuring five works of her late-career Tableaux Éclatés, the series first exhibited in her retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris in 1993. The dynamic Tableaux Éclatés (“Burst Paintings”) are vibrant, mechanized pictures depicting landscapes upon which animals and still lifes, as well as her trademark Nanas, dance across beaches, deserts, and seas. Each painting’s composition is animated through an intricate motorized armature activated through a photo sensor: when the artwork recognizes a viewer, internal motors trigger motion of the work’s disparate elements or illuminate the scene with brilliant electric bulbs.

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Yoko Matsumoto: Darkness Against Nature on View at White Cube New York in June

 

 

 

Yoko Matsumoto, Rock Flower, 1993,, Acrylic on canvas. 194 x 260 cm/76 3/8 x 102 3/8 in. © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christens)

White Cube is pleased to present Darkness Against Nature, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yoko Matsumoto. Featuring paintings and works on paper created from the 1980s to the present day, the exhibition marks the artist’s return to New York after almost three decades.

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The 23rd Annual River to River Festival, June 7 ~ 23

 

 

 

Party as Participation hosted by Elisabeth Smolarz. Credit: Ice Cream Window at Karlssonwilker’s studio, photo via karlssonwilker.com. Image Description: Two pictures are in this image. The image on the left shows a crowd of people outside a drive-through window – a person is inside the window taking orders. The image on the right shows 5 people waiting outside a store.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is pleased to announce the 23rd annual River To River Festival, taking place June 7 – 23, 2024. Celebrating local artists and honoring creative diversity across disciplines, The River To River Festival is Downtown New York City’s leading free summer arts festival. This year’s River To River Festival aligns with LMCC’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. In honor of this milestone, the 2024 festival features LMCC residency and grants alumni from the Extended Life program working across disciplines, with a captivating array of dance, music, video, installation, and exhibitions that reflects the interdisciplinary, diverse ethos of LMCC. Featuring 13 projects of live art, performances and participatory events (including seven premieres) in public spaces throughout Downtown New York, the 2024 River To River Festival explores themes of resonance, reconsideration and resistance.

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